It sure is obvious that thyroid problems are a big, big problem and a hot, hot topic. Here’s another “cure.”
The July 26, 2010, cover of First for Women magazine shrieks “TIRED? America’s best-loved doctor has answers. Dr. Oz’s THYROID CURE” And there’s a big picture of the good doctor.
So let’s see what good old Dr. Oz has to say about curing the thyroid. Or at least what the writer says he says. Which could be very different.
While I’m not anywhere near as famous as Dr. Oz, I’ve been through the interview scenario plenty of times. And nobody ever got things completely right. Even simple, basic facts came out wrong. My remarks, then, concern what’s in the article.
First, Dr. Oz says doctors can miss thyroid problems, mistaking them for normal signs of aging. There’s nothing normal about thyroid problems; not being able to spot them puts you in line for a seeing eye dog. Do you suppose it was “normal signs of aging” that caused doctors to miss the problem in my pre-teen years? My teen years? My twenties?
Then comes another baloney sandwich: “While typical thyroid tests uncover most cases.” Doctors actually believe that! No wonder we’re dying out here.
Then comes the stunner: “symptoms can sometimes trump test results.” Sorry, Doc, but symptoms ALWAYS trump test results. Thyroid tests are unreliable from the get-go.
Well, I’m hardly into the article, and my blood pressure is already pedal to the metal.
At which point Dr. Oz says stress causes thyroid problems! Right there on page 36 he says that! Stress is a symptom, not a cause. When doctors start blaming stress, it’s time to head for the door.
Then the article describes two thyroid-slowing toxins, giving them the brunt of the blame: triclosan and perchlorate.
I wrote about the dangers of triclosan in my Too Pooped To Participate e-zine. Triclosin’s put in soaps to disinfect everything, and it’s bad. It’s also in computer plastic, toys, etc. The thing to do, as Dr. Oz says, is read labels and avoid it as best you can.
Perchlorate is rocket fuel that sloppy practices allowed to enter and pollute groundwater. And there’s not a whole lot we can do about it individually.
The article remains silent on some simple thing we can do for ourselves. Like ditching soy, which depresses thyroid function like nobody’s business. It’s in processed food, fast food, chain restaurant food. Pretty much as far as the eye can see, there’s soy. And it’s poison.
And man-made fluoride, a toxic by-product of phosphate production, that they put in our water supply and toothpaste. It doesn’t do anybody a bit of good, happy claims about no cavities aside. And it’s murder on the thyroid.
And bromine, a fire retardant they put in our bread and use to condition pool water. It makes our thyroid hormone non-functional, but the vaunted blood tests can’t tell there’s a problem.
And how about high fructose corn syrup? It does a number on the whole endocrine system, not just the thyroid.
Well, I could go on about the dangers around us, but back to the Dr. Oz and the article.
Dr. Oz offers a three-step plan for thyroid health. He says, “Hypothyroidism is easy to treat with dietary tweaks and natural remedies.” Would that it were so!
Hypothyroidism is a mess, and the fact is, doctors don’t really know how to treat it. They’re taught to give unreliable blood tests, then prescribe medicines that don’t work. That’s the extent of their knowledge–unless and until something motivates them to look beyond what med schools teach.
But let’s look at Dr. Oz’s happy little three-step solution.
First, take Vitamin D. Great advice. Vitamin D3 is actually a hormone that makes the entire endocrine system smile. But 5000 IU a day is a more reasonable adult dose than the little dab suggested. And don’t get it at the drugstore as the article says; get a good brand such as Country Life at the health food store or on-line.
Second, steam the vegetables that are known to depress thyroid function when you eat them raw. Broccoli, brussel sprouts, lima beans, etc. Better to take a pass; nobody’s proved that cooking actually removes the problem.
Third, reconsider iodine. YES! A THOUSAND TIMES, YES! But ignore the rest of that section.
Dr. Oz talks about table salt. That stuff gets processed to death, bleached, then loaded with bad-for-you additives. It’s very bad, no good stuff, especially when iodized. Use sea salt. It’s better for you, and your taste buds will love you.
Then consider Iodoral, an iodine/iodide mix that blesses the thyroid, whether over or underactive. Doctors used iodine to cure all manner of illnesses for well more than a hundred years, but in the 1960s, medicos turned against iodine and started agitating against its use. So now we’re all deficient.
The article ends with a few remarks about high cholesterol and finding a doctor who takes you seriously.
I have high hopes for Dr. Oz. Watching his television show persuades me that he truly wants to help patients, and he’s slowly moving into, for him, the uncharted waters of natural healing and not believing everything Big Pharma says. I don’t think he realizes how deep into Big-Pharma-think he is, but he seems open to new ideas.
He sure could change the face of medicine.
Go for it, Dr. Oz! I will rise up and call you blessed. As will about a bazillion others.
So, there you are, dragging your patooty through life while your doctor keeps insisting you’re fine. What’s that about? You know for a fact that you’re not fine, but what to do?. That’s where Bette Dowdell used to be. With a non-functioning endocrine system, thanks to a drunk driver; we’re talking about down for the count. Doctors didn’t help much, so she threw herself into research–deep, deep research–and she figured it out. She’s helped a lot of people, and now she wants to share her hard-earned knowledge with you. Dowdell tells you what drags you down and what builds you up. And she tells it like it is. To subscribe to her free, weekly health e-zine, click here and get the information you need. Why drag through life when you don’t have to?